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Is Dentistry a Science? - The Atlantic
On the limitations and possibilities for abuse in dentistry.
health  dentist  AtlanticMonthly 
13 days ago by HispanicPundit
Why Do Virgins Have the Happiest Marriages? - The Atlantic
Over at the Institute for Family Studies, Nicholas Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah, has found that Americans who have only ever slept with their spouses are most likely to report being in a “very happy” marriage. Meanwhile, the lowest odds of marital happiness—about 13 percentage points lower than the one-partner women—belong to women who have had six to 10 sexual partners in their lives. For men, there’s still a dip in marital satisfaction after one partner, but it’s never as low as it gets for women
Marriage  culture  Sex  AtlanticMonthly 
9 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Raj Chetty’s American Dream - The Atlantic
On his national atlas, the most obvious feature is an ugly red gash that starts in Virginia, curls down through the Southeast’s coastal states—North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama—then marches west toward the Mississippi River, where it turns northward before petering out in western Tennessee. When I saw this, I was reminded of another map: one President Abraham Lincoln consulted in 1861, demarcating the counties with the most slaves. The two maps are remarkably similar. Set the documents side by side, and it may be hard to believe that they are separated in time by more than a century and a half, or that one is a rough census of men and women kept in bondage at the time of the Civil War, and the other is a computer-generated glimpse of our children’s future.
Chetty  mobility  maps  USA  History  Blacks  AtlanticMonthly 
9 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Why Is It So Hard to Predict the Future? - The Atlantic
Hedgehogs are deeply and tightly focused. Some have spent their career studying one problem. Like Ehrlich and Simon, they fashion tidy theories of how the world works based on observations through the single lens of their specialty. Foxes, meanwhile, “draw from an eclectic array of traditions, and accept ambiguity and contradiction,” Tetlock wrote. Where hedgehogs represent narrowness, foxes embody breadth.

Incredibly, the hedgehogs performed especially poorly on long-term predictions within their specialty. They got worse as they accumulated experience and credentials in their field. The more information they had to work with, the more easily they could fit any story into their worldview.
Academia  Tetlock  predictions  AtlanticMonthly 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
Conservatives React Differently to Disgusting Pictures - The Atlantic
On how basic fundamental views of what is disgusting and repulsive can have a significant impact on ones political views.
Politics  psychology  Republicans  Democrats  AtlanticMonthly 
march 2019 by HispanicPundit
Why Do Virgins Have the Happiest Marriages? - The Atlantic
“Contrary to conventional wisdom, when it comes to sex, less experience is better, at least for the marriage,” said W. Bradford Wilcox, a sociologist and senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies (and an Atlantic contributor). In an earlier analysis, Wolfinger found that women with zero or one previous sex partners before marriage were also least likely to divorce, while those with 10 or more were most likely. These divorce-proof brides are an exclusive crew: By the 2010s, he writes, just 5 percent of new brides were virgins. And just 6 percent of their marriages dissolved within five years, compared with 20 percent for most people.
Marriage  Sex  genderissues  evolution  AtlanticMonthly 
january 2019 by HispanicPundit
The Birth of the New American Aristocracy - The Atlantic
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and liver disease are all two to three times more common in individuals who have a family income of less than $35,000 than in those who have a family income greater than $100,000. Among low-educated, middle-aged whites, the death rate in the United States—alone in the developed world—increased in the first decade and a half of the 21st century.
Inequality  mobility  USA  world  AtlanticMonthly 
june 2018 by HispanicPundit
Is Big Business Really That Bad? - The Atlantic
Whatever market power big companies do have, they’re doing a lousy job of turning it into excess profits. According to IRS data, in 2013 corporations with receipts of less than $500,000 had higher profits than did corporations with more than $250 million in sales. The anti–Big Business crowd likes to claim that large corporations find ways of holding on to more of those profits. But the myth of Big Business as unrepentant tax cheat is not borne out by the data. Large corporations do hire top accounting firms to minimize their tax exposure, and some keep profits offshore. But even with the advantages conferred by wily accountants, the tax code favors small firms to such a degree that, in 2013, federal income tax paid, as a share of total net income, was 18.2 percent for firms with more than $250 million in sales and just 4.6 percent for firms with less than $5 million in sales. Big companies are also much more likely than small ones to be audited and to face steep penalties for malfeasance.
corporate  business  anti-trust  AtlanticMonthly 
march 2018 by HispanicPundit
Why China Loves Trump - The Atlantic
In all these ways, China has positioned itself to be seen as stepping into America’s vacuum. Shen Dingli emphasized this point to me, saying that Trump’s hostility to multilateral institutions such as the WTO and nato has given China “a huge opportunity.”

With Trump in the White House, Xu Guoqi, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, told me, the Chinese are enjoying a “golden field for their propaganda.” At the same time, Trump’s election, and the wave of political disorder it has unleashed within and beyond the United States, has provided ample fodder for China to attack democracy and extol the one-party state. “American power is based on two legs, the hard power and soft power,” Xu explained. “In terms of soft power, Trump really undermined it substantially.”
China  TrumpAdministration  AtlanticMonthly 
february 2018 by HispanicPundit
Guilty Dog Pictures and the Myth of Canine Shame - The Atlantic
In a 2009 study, she had owners forbid their dogs to eat a tempting treat, then asked the owners to leave the room. While each owner was gone, she either removed the treat or fed it to the dog. When the owners returned, they were told—regardless of the truth—that their dog either had or had not eaten it. If owners thought their dogs had indulged, reprimands followed, and guilty looks abounded. Yet dogs who hadn’t eaten the treat were more likely to appear guilty than dogs who had—so long as their owners lashed out. Far from signaling remorse, one group of researchers wrote in a 2012 paper, the guilty look is likely a submissive response that has proved advantageous because it reduces conflict between dog and human.
animal-rights  AtlanticMonthly 
february 2018 by HispanicPundit
Why Women Bully Each Other at Work - The Atlantic
Large surveys by Pew and Gallup as well as several academic studies show that when women have a preference as to the gender of their bosses and colleagues, that preference is largely for men. A 2009 study published in the journal Gender in Management found, for example, that although women believe other women make good managers, “the female workers did not actually want to work for them.” The longer a woman had been in the workforce, the less likely she was to want a female boss.

In 2011, Kim Elsesser, a lecturer at UCLA, analyzed responses from more than 60,000 people and found that women—even those who were managers themselves—were more likely to want a male boss than a female one. The participants explained that female bosses are “emotional,” “catty,” or “bitchy.” (Men preferred male bosses too, but by a smaller margin than the female participants did.)
genderissues  jobs  feminists  AtlanticMonthly 
january 2018 by HispanicPundit
'Republican' Is Not a Synonym for 'Racist' - The Atlantic
Although conservatives dominate America’s elected offices, liberals wield the greater power to stigmatize. In the 1950s, conservatives could exile liberals from polite company by calling them Communists. Being called anti-American can still sting; ask the NFL players who kneel when the national anthem is played. But in most elite institutions, being accused of bigotry is now more dangerous than being accused of insufficient patriotism. In 2014, Brendan Eich was forced out as the head of the tech company Mozilla for having donated to an anti-gay-marriage initiative. He probably would not have been forced out for donating to, say, a campaign to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance from California’s schools.
culture  politicallyincorrect  Liberalism  Racism  conservatives  AtlanticMonthly 
january 2018 by HispanicPundit
How to Deal With North Korea - The Atlantic
Laying out the pros and cons of the options on North Korea.
Korea  AtlanticMonthly  foreignpolicy 
september 2017 by HispanicPundit
Power Causes Brain Damage - The Atlantic
And when he put the heads of the powerful and the not-so-powerful under a transcranial-magnetic-stimulation machine, he found that power, in fact, impairs a specific neural process, “mirroring,” that may be a cornerstone of empathy. Which gives a neurological basis to what Keltner has termed the “power paradox”: Once we have power, we lose some of the capacities we needed to gain it in the first place.
psychology  power  AtlanticMonthly 
september 2017 by HispanicPundit
How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration - The Atlantic
A larger explanation is political. Between 2008 and 2016, Democrats became more and more confident that the country’s growing Latino population gave the party an electoral edge. To win the presidency, Democrats convinced themselves, they didn’t need to reassure white people skeptical of immigration so long as they turned out their Latino base. “The fastest-growing sector of the American electorate stampeded toward the Democrats this November,” Salon declared after Obama’s 2008 win. “If that pattern continues, the GOP is doomed to 40 years of wandering in a desert.”
Immigration  Democrats  AtlanticMonthly  voting 
september 2017 by HispanicPundit
What Henry Kissinger Thinks of Obama’s Foreign Policy and Challenges for Donald Trump - The Atlantic
HK: Cambodia has come to play a symbolic role because it’s the one place in Indochina where liberals didn’t start the war. Our military commitment to Vietnam started with Kennedy and culminated with Johnson. Cambodia, though, was Nixon’s decision, in the radical terminology. Here, according to the mythology of the liberals, was a peaceful little country that Nixon attacked. The fact that there were four North Vietnamese divisions within 30 miles of Saigon coming across the border killing Americans—killing 500 a week starting within two weeks of Nixon’s inauguration—was ignored in the debate on Cambodia by protesters emphasizing the technical neutrality of Cambodia and ignoring that its ruler had invited our response.
Vietnam  Liberalism  kissinger  AtlanticMonthly 
september 2017 by HispanicPundit
Trump’s Plan to End Europe - The Atlantic
As a German government official once remarked to me, noting the contemporary irrelevance of the Alsace-Lorraine dispute, which cost France and Germany so much blood between 1870 and 1945: “If a German wants a house in Alsace, he can buy one. Who cares which government delivers the mail?”
Europe  foreignpolicy  Trump  Frum  AtlanticMonthly 
august 2017 by HispanicPundit
How Vladimir Putin Became the Hero of Nationalists Everywhere - The Atlantic
Putin has inverted the Cold War narrative. Back in Soviet times, the West was the enemy of godlessness. Today, it’s the Russian leader who seeks to snuff out that supposed threat. American conservatives are struggling with the irony. They seem to know that they should resist the pull of Putinism—many initially responded to his entreaties with a ritualistic wringing of hands—but they can’t help themselves.
Russia  Putin  conservative  AtlanticMonthly  republicans 
april 2017 by HispanicPundit
Why For-Profit Education Fails - The Atlantic
As frustrating as they may be to education investors, modest, incremental successes can serve as both a platform and a stimulus for broader transformations to come. Without a sustainable business model, however, even the most inspired investors and entrepreneurs will ultimately only build a legacy of disillusionment.
profit  education  AtlanticMonthly 
march 2017 by HispanicPundit
Did Jesus Have a Wife? - The Atlantic
He had a proposition. He had no talent for storytelling, he said, but he possessed the erudition to produce hundreds of pages of background material for a book—a thriller—that he wanted me to write. Instead of doing my own research, which could take years, I should rely on his. “I’d do all the legwork for you, and I wouldn’t want anything in return.”

The book’s subject, he said, would be “the Mary Magdalene story,” the “suppression of the female element” in the Church, and the primacy of the Gnostic Gospels, “maybe accumulating to a thriller story in the present.”

It sounded an awful lot like The Da Vinci Code.
Religion  Christianity  Catholic  history  AtlanticMonthly 
march 2017 by HispanicPundit
Gregory Wolniak on Maximizing Post-Graduation Earnings - The Atlantic
Wolniak: Majors are the single biggest driver of earnings. Deciding your major plays a bigger role in determining your career earnings than does where you go to school or even deciding whether or not to attend at all. In other words, the average between attending and not attending is less than the differences we see among bachelor’s completers once we compare earnings across fields.
majors  university  costs  AtlanticMonthly 
february 2017 by HispanicPundit
Trump's Graying Army: Why Older Voters Back The Donald - The Atlantic
Against all the modern disasters, Trump's campaign represents a rebellion of the aged—a bygone generation’s last furious gasp against modernity. “America was great in the ’60s and ’70s,” Frank Everett, a 76-year-old retired grocery manager, told me. “Now people’s gotten where they haven’t got pride.” Donna O’Brien, 69, told me, “I remember when everybody loved America. What went wrong? They took God out. It’s scary. It makes me want to cry.”

It isn’t just that Trump appeals to old people—it’s that he appeals to this particular cohort of old people, whose vision of America was shaped at a particular time. They speak of a last chance to save America, a country that will cease to exist if Trump doesn’t win.
Trump  AtlanticMonthly 
november 2016 by HispanicPundit
The Disillusionment of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Agents, Years After a Tijuana Cartel Bust - The Atlantic
Some of the others involved made out like, well, bandits. Ramón’s wife and other members of the family continued to live off the AFO’s drug money. According to Steve Duncan, David Barron’s brother-in-law—a man agents called “The Mailman” because he worked for the U.S. Postal Service—confessed to helping smuggle at least $200,000 back to the U.S. after Barron was killed. The Mailman went on to work for, of all places, U.S. Border Patrol. Boom Boom, the enforcer who had passed along the AFO radio frequencies, was paid $4 million. More than 100 people—AFO operatives and their family members—were relocated to the U.S. Some were paid for their cooperation and given housing, driver’s licenses, and work permits.
narcos  Mexico  AtlanticMonthly  drugs 
august 2016 by HispanicPundit
Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now... The Case for Good Enough - The Atlantic
once you take the plunge and do it, you’ll probably be relatively content. It sounds obvious now, but I didn’t fully appreciate back then that what makes for a good marriage isn’t necessarily what makes for a good romantic relationship. Once you’re married, it’s not about whom you want to go on vacation with; it’s about whom you want to run a household with. Marriage isn’t a passion-fest; it’s more like a partnership formed to run a very small, mundane, and often boring nonprofit business. And I mean this in a good way.
Marriage  relationships  feminists  AtlanticMonthly 
january 2016 by HispanicPundit
Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework - Dana Goldstein - The Atlantic
And other insights from a ground- breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement
parenting  harris  AtlanticMonthly 
april 2014 by HispanicPundit
The Overprotected Kid - The Atlantic
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
parenting  AtlanticMonthly 
april 2014 by HispanicPundit
Can Government Play Moneyball? - John Bridgeland and Peter Orszag - The Atlantic
Based on our rough calculations, less than $1 out of every $100 of government spending is backed by even the most basic evidence that the money is being spent wisely.
government  regulations  AtlanticMonthly 
february 2014 by HispanicPundit
What Day Most Changed the Course of History? - The Atlantic
June 28, 1914. Franz Ferdinand’s carriage driver took a wrong turn and they ended up in a cul-de-sac, giving the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip a chance to kill the archduke. This was the first in a set of dominoes that put in motion the two largest wars in world history—and it all came down to a wrong turn by a carriage driver.
history  AtlanticMonthly  sidebar 
august 2013 by HispanicPundit
The Insourcing Boom - Charles Fishman - The Atlantic
The economics behind the growing trend of bringing more manufacturing back to the USA.
globalization  manufacturing  AtlanticMonthly  sidebar 
may 2013 by HispanicPundit
A Million First Dates - Dan Slater - The Atlantic
“I’m about 95 percent certain,” he says, “that if I’d met Rachel offline, and if I’d never done online dating, I would’ve married her. At that point in my life, I would’ve overlooked everything else and done whatever it took to make things work. Did online dating change my perception of permanence? No doubt. When I sensed the breakup coming, I was okay with it. It didn’t seem like there was going to be much of a mourning period, where you stare at your wall thinking you’re destined to be alone and all that. I was eager to see what else was out there.”
AtlanticMonthly  genderissues  sidebar  marriage  relationships  culture 
may 2013 by HispanicPundit
The Man Who Broke Atlantic City - Mark Bowden - The Atlantic
For example, at the Trop, he was willing to play with a 20 percent discount after his losses hit $500,000, but only if the casino structured the rules of the game to shave away some of the house advantage. Johnson could calculate exactly how much of an advantage he would gain with each small adjustment in the rules of play. He won’t say what all the adjustments were in the final e-mailed agreement with the Trop, but they included playing with a hand-shuffled six-deck shoe; the right to split and double down on up to four hands at once; and a “soft 17” (the player can draw another card on a hand totaling six plus an ace, counting the ace as either a one or an 11, while the dealer must stand, counting the ace as an 11). When Johnson and the Trop finally agreed, he had whittled the house edge down to one-fourth of 1 percent, by his figuring. In effect, he was playing a 50-50 game against the house, and with the discount, he was risking only 80 cents of every dollar he played.
gambling  AtlanticMonthly  statistics  sidebar 
august 2012 by HispanicPundit
Six Rules for Dining Out - Tyler Cowen - The Atlantic
Low-rent restaurants can experiment at relatively low risk. If a food idea does not work out, the proprietor is not left with an expensive lease. As a result, a strip-mall restaurant is more likely to try daring ideas than is a restaurant in, say, a large shopping mall. The people with the best, most creative, most innovative cooking ideas are not always the people with the most money. Many of them end up in dumpier locales, where they gradually improve real-estate values.

A lot of awesome food can be found, of course, in high-rent districts, but it tends to come at awesomely high prices as well. Urban rents (on average) have been rising over the past few decades. Even the financial crisis has not overturned this longer-term trend. Growing tourism, falling rates of violent crime, and the general growth of commercial activity have all contributed to this phenomenon: the expensive places are costing more and more. As a result, the ethnic restaurants found in the middle of high-rent citi
misc  AtlanticMonthly  food  cowen  sidebar 
july 2012 by HispanicPundit
Why You Can’t Get a Taxi - Megan McArdle - The Atlantic
On the economics of taxi's and how technology, especially like Uber, is causing some much needed destabilization.
sidebar  atlanticmonthly  mcardle  licensing  taxis 
july 2012 by HispanicPundit
The Brain on Trial - Magazine - The Atlantic
Free will may exist (it may simply be beyond our current science), but one thing seems clear: if free will does exist, it has little room in which to operate. It can at best be a small factor riding on top of vast neural networks shaped by genes and environment. In fact, free will may end up being so small that we eventually think about bad decision-making in the same way we think about any physical process, such as diabetes or lung disease.
freedom  freedom  sidebar  atlanticmonthly  psychology 
november 2011 by HispanicPundit
The Failure of American Schools - Magazine - The Atlantic
An insider gives the reasons behind why our education system is such a failure: unions, bureaucracy, and lack of competition. He outlines how to get out of the mess.
education  unions  JoelKlein  charter  AtlanticMonthly  sidebar 
october 2011 by HispanicPundit
Super-Economy: Red State Rising
Overall, the within state tendency of the economically successful to vote Republican is far stronger than the between state tendency of rich states to vote Democrat. In the United States, it is still true that the economically successful are more likely to vote for free-enterprise Republican and the unsuccessful to vote for welfare-state Democrats....However, during the last few decades the less regulated and taxed Red States have had faster growth than Blue states. According to the Bureau of Economic Analyses Regional Economic Accounts Between 1970 and 2010, real output increased by an average of 3.4% per year in Red States compared to 2.6% per year in Blue States. The real per capita growth rate of personal income in the Red States was 2.0% per year, compared to 1.8% per year in Blue States.
states  voting  Democrats  republicans  SuperEconomy  sidebar  gelman  economy  labor  AtlanticMonthly 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Do We Have Ahmadinejad All Wrong? - Council on Foreign Relations
Is it possible that Iran's blustering president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, long thought to be a leading force behind some of Iran's most hard-line and repressive policies, is actually a reformer whose attempts to liberalize, secularize, and even "Persianize" Iran have been repeatedly stymied by the country's more conservative factions? That is the surprising impression one gets reading the latest WikiLeaks revelations, which portray Ahmadinejad as open to making concessions on Iran's nuclear program and far more accommodating to Iranians' demands for greater freedoms than anyone would have thought. Two episodes in particular deserve special scrutiny not only for what they reveal about Ahmadinejad but for the light they shed on the question of who really calls the shots in Iran.
iran  AtlanticMonthly  CFR  sidebar 
january 2011 by HispanicPundit
Living With a Nuclear Iran - Magazine - The Atlantic
"Indeed, I would argue that because Sunni Arabs from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and Egypt perpetrated the attacks of September 11, 2001, and because Sunni hostility to American and Israeli interests remains a conspicuous problem, the United States should theoretically welcome a strengthened Shiite role in the Middle East, were Iran to go through an even partial political transformation. And demographic, cultural, and other indicators all point to a positive ideological and philosophical shift in Iran in the medium to long term. Given this prognosis, and the high cost and poor chances for success of any military effort to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program, I believe that containment of a nuclear Iran is the most sensible policy for the United States. "
iran  foreignpolicy  AtlanticMonthly  kissinger  books  sidebar 
october 2010 by HispanicPundit
The Great Stock Myth - Magazine - The Atlantic
"One possible explanation for this pattern is that the equity premium has eroded. Markets have grown more efficient over time, as more and better information—and the computer tools to analyze it—has become available. Meanwhile, the stock market has democratized. Modern diversified portfolios have reduced some of the risk of holding stocks, because even if a few companies fail, they won’t take your entire nest egg with them. Rather, the failures average out with the successes to produce a relatively steady rate of return. As defined-benefit plans—what your grandfather called a pension—have died off, people have poured their retirement savings into mutual funds that offer this sort of diversification. The deeper pool of money flowing into equity markets means that equities no longer need to offer a higher yield in order to attract money from bond and other securities markets. "
stocks  personal-finance  AtlanticMonthly  mcardle  sidebar 
august 2010 by HispanicPundit
School of One « Joanne Jacobs
"Joel Rose, a Teach for America veteran, uses computers to teach each child at his “optimal level.” He worked with Wireless Generation to create an algorithm weighing a student’s academic needs, learning preferences and classroom resources."
vouchers  education  Ta-Nehisi  AtlanticMonthly  jacobs  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
How Many People Die From Lack of Health Insurance? - Megan McArdle
"But it turns out to be really hard to determine how many people die without insurance, which is the subject of this month's column. The most recent available study, which also had the largest sample and controlled for the most variables, found no effect at all--a result which surprised the hell out of its author, a former Clinton advisor. Other studies say the number is in the tens of thousands. "
healthcare  health  death  AtlanticMonthly  mcardle  sidebar 
february 2010 by HispanicPundit
Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: How to select a good teacher
Teach For America gives its lessons learned on what makes a good school teacher - Sailer argues that we still need more.
teachers  teaching  AtlanticMonthly  sailer  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: A very good article on health care economics
"From 2000 to 2005, per capita health-care spending in Canada grew by 33 percent, in France by 37 percent, in the U.K. by 47 percent—all comparable to the 40 percent growth experienced by the U.S. in that period. Cost control by way of bureaucratic price controls has its limits".
healthcare  costs  canada  france  Britain  europe  AtlanticMonthly  cowen  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
Daredevil - The Atlantic (July/August 2009)
The Catholic and personality of the father of modern conservatism: William F Buckley.
conservatives  biography  AtlanticMonthly  sidebar 
june 2009 by HispanicPundit
Dr. Doom Has Some Good News - The Atlantic (July/August 2009)
Roubini likes the progress so far but at the same time admits that the monetary solution to future bubbles is difficult but acts like its easy.
Roubini  obamaAdministration  fiscalStimulus09  monetary  greenspan  bernanke  AtlanticMonthly  sidebar 
june 2009 by HispanicPundit
My Drug Problem - The Atlantic (March 2009)
The technological advantage of a free market healthcare system vs single payer.
sidebar  single-pay  healthcare  pharmaceuticals  AtlanticMonthly 
february 2009 by HispanicPundit
Betting on John McCain
An economist explains why he is voting for McCain - free trade and immigration.
free-trade  immigration  McCain  campaign2008  landsburg  AtlanticMonthly  sidebar 
september 2008 by HispanicPundit
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